Film Photography Podcast – Episode 132 – October 1st, 2015
Show Notes By: Alex Luyckx
Happy October! It’s almost time to keep that chrome film going to capture the brilliant fall colours! Joining Michael Raso in the studio today is John Fedele, Dane Johnson, and Mark Dalzell! On the table today the Ricoh Half-Frame Caddy, the Agfa Click, Listener Letters and much more!
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One of our listeners, James Thorpe, has a questions about pushing and pulling film! And to answer it is Mat Marash! The question is what is the difference between shooting an ISO-400 film at ISO-200 and developing as normal compared to shooting that ISO-400 film and pushing it one stop in development. Mat replies that there’s a huge difference and it mostly has to do with contrast. By shooting the film at 200 and developing normally you’ll get a lower contrast or flatter image, whereas shooting it at 400 and pushing it a stop in development you’ll increase the contrast but not the exposure.
The 35mm format wasn’t always just for film! Yes, Mark and Dane recently picked up at a local flea market a few vinyl records that were originally recorded on 35mm magnetic tape! This was mostly in the 1950s to overcome the dynamic range issues that were faced with the standard quarter inch tapes. Of course with the improvements in technology the format, which would’ve weighed a ton was phased out by the 1960s.
The Agfa Click, the Little Brother of the Clack!
We all know and remember the Agfa Clack (queue the sound clip), but did you know it had a little brother? Well Michael has the Agfa Click! Available in two forms the Click I and Click II, this is a 120 camera that takes 6x6 (square) images and was pretty basic. Having an f/8.8 lens and a fixed 1/30” shutter speed. But Michael likes it, mostly because the square format is great to post to Instagram! Just watch out, this is an all plastic camera that just may break if you drop it. Visit Michael on Instagram!
Mark also shows off a cute little camera, the Ricoh Caddy, this is a half-frame (24mm x 17mm) camera that is an all manual camera. Using a 25mm f/2.8 lens, the camera uses an uncoupled selenium meter (which despite being made in 1961) works perfectly, the whole camera Mark comments, is in mint condition! Using the meter is a two-step process, you’d first need to take a meter reading which will give you an EV number, from there you can manually set the aperture (f/2.8 to f/16) and shutter speed (Blub, ¼” to 1/250”) to match up that EV number. Of course you can just use Sunny-16 or guess the exposure. Despite the small size the camera has a good weight to it because it is a solid all-metal construction. Just make sure you don’t throw in a 36-exposure roll or you’ll have 72 frames on your hands.
Dane has a couple cameras as well on him, mostly those he’s currently shooting but have been discussed on the show (what show?) before! First up is the Minox GT-E, this small 35mm zone-focus folding camera is another cute one and can easily fit in the pocket, and still gives a solid performance. Just watch out for the Russian Kiev copy, Dane’s version broke shortly after he got it. Next is the cult classic rangefinder, the Canon QL-17, this ultra-small 35mm camera has a rather large following with the street-shooter community. But for Dane it’s the shutter speed that is just too quiet for his tastes.
And that’s it for us, we’ll see you in Ann Arbor in a few short days, but if not, we’ll be back in two short weeks! Until then shoot us a line by email: email@example.com or by the postal service: Film Photography Project, PO Box 152 Butler, NJ 07405, USA. Also make sure to check up on our Flickr Group for more discussion and to see some amazing photos from our listeners! Until then enjoy some more of Daren Riley’s and Smoove Sailor music!